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Stylianides to speak about humanitarian crisis at Nicosia conference

Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management European Commissioner Christos Stylianides

Εuropean Commissioner Christos Stylianides will be the key note speaker at a conference in Nicosia, on Friday, entitled “EU Foreign Policy and Humanitarian Help; Developments in the Middle East.”

Every year the EU helps over 120 million people in need, spending a mere €2 per European citizen, it invests in the prevention and reduction of disaster risks, and in giving humanitarian aid, it upholds such principles as humanitarianism, independence, neutrality and impartiality, according to a press release.
The conference, which is jointly organised by the European Parliament offices in Cyprus and Greece, the European Commission Representation in Cyprus and the University of Nicosia`s Diplomatic Academy, will cover the spectrum of EU policies in regard to developments in the Middle East.

The European Parliament office in Nicosia said Stylianides would be the keynote speaker at the conference and would explain the different aspects of the humanitarian crisis as well as the aid the EU has given in order to deal with the crisis.

Cypriot MEP Takis Hadjigeorgiou (GUE) and Greek MEP Eliza Vozemberg Vrionides (EPP) will also speak at the conference highlighting the efforts undertaken by the European Parliament.

Ambassador Leonidas Pantelides, Director of Middle East and North Africa Division at the foreign ministry will refer in the aspect concerning Cyprus and its own efforts as the country closest to the Middle East in relation to the EU`s foreign policy in the region.

University of Nicosia Rector and General Coordinator of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence Michalis Attalides and Political Analyst and Academic at the University of Nicosia Zenonas Tziarras are expected to speak on geopolitical developments in the region and their impact on Europe.

The conference will take place on Friday, October 16 at the Filoxenia, in Nicosia, between 9am and 12.30pm.
It will be open to the public and will offer translations in English and Greek.  (CNA)

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